BLM Seeks Public Input on Paria River Plan

The Bureau of Land Management Utah (BLM-UT) is seeking public input on the proposed Paria River Habitat Improvement Project.

Public input is key to sound decision-making, and comments are welcomed as the BLM moves forward with an environmental analysis of this project,” said Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) Manager Harry Barber. 

The BLM is proposing a landscape-level habitat improvement project, consistent with the management direction of 2000 GSENM Monument Management Plan, to protect and enhance the ecological conditions within the Paria River watershed.

The BLM, in partnership with Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative and Utah Partners for Conservation Development, has taken the lead in identifying priority watersheds for habitat improvement throughout the state in order to address a variety of interdependent resource issues and improve long-term watershed conservation and restoration.

The implementation of this project will also further this Administration’s priorities by providing economic opportunities, as well as supporting job growth through livestock production, construction jobs, recreation, and other commercial activities.

A field tour of the project area will be conducted during the scoping period. The tour is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, and will depart from the GSENM Cannonville Visitor Center (10 Center Street, Cannonville, Utah) at 10:00 a.m.

The 30-day public scoping period started on October 25, 2018.